Governor Chet Culver has spent his entire adult life teaching, coaching and helping make Iowa a better place to live, work, and raise a family. In 1998, Culver was elected as Iowa’s 29th Secretary of State and the youngest Secretary of State in the nation, and he was re-elected in 2002. In 2006, Chet was elected governor of the state of Iowa. Governor Culver’s signature accomplishments resulted from the creation of the Iowa Office of Energy Independence and the Iowa Power Fund. In addition, Governor Culver has been appointed by President Obama and by the U.S. Senate and currently serves on the board with the Farmer Mac. Most recently he has founded the Chet Culver Group, a renewable energy efficiency and infrastructure consultancy.
Paul Fitzgerald was elected Story County Sheriff in November of 1992. Prior to being elected Sheriff, he served as a member of the Waterloo, Iowa Police Department for fifteen years serving in a variety of positions including: patrol officer, detective, field training officer, tactical team member, firearms instructor, patrol supervisor, public relations officer, and public information officer. During his years of service with the Waterloo Police Department he also taught for eleven years in the Police Science Program at Hawkeye Institute of Technology, now known as Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. He is a member of many boards and committees including the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet).
Joe LeValley serves as Senior Vice President for Planning and Advocacy at Mercy Medical Center Des Moines. Joe has been a part of the Mercy system for 28 years and has been in Des Moines since 1999. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He serves on the boards of the Riverfront YMCA, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Operation Downtown, Mercy Medical Center Centerville, and Mercy Clinics, Inc. he also serves on the Iowa Business Council Deputy Committee, and the Iowa Hospital Association Council on Representation & Advocacy.
To engage a broad community of Midwesterners in a conversation about immigration the “Task Force on Immigration and U.S. Economic Competitiveness: A View from the Midwest” has gone on the road to learn more about the immigrant communities throughout the region. The forums highlighted how immigrants contribute to local economies and the integration challenges local communities are facing, among other issues. 8 forums were held in the late summer and early fall. Local leaders participated. The diverse canvas of immigrant communities and local issues was put on full display.
Moderated by Governor Chet Culver, Founder, The Chet Culver Group and former Governor of Iowa . In collaboration with The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Iowa Immigration Education Coalition, the Chet Culver Group, and ImmigrationWorks, USA.